Keeping abreast of things-a serious post for me

This last week has been full of so many things, it’s where to start. Sunday saw Georgina and I caught up in a bomb scare at Bluewater, a frightening experience in itself, but at least a false alarm. I was surprised at how my mother hen came to the fore, and my imperative was toContinue reading “Keeping abreast of things-a serious post for me”

Autumn half term-term1

Today sees the start of half term, after an eventful seven weeks. The school has a new Head teacher, and that with the start of the academic year has brought fresh challenges, transparency, joy, and a real buzz. No two days have been the same, and I have been pushed to my absolute limit: HR,Continue reading “Autumn half term-term1”

Make me a channel of your peace

What a day. It began with the final preparations for the Bishop’s visit. The itinerary was precise but took no account of the Bishop and his humility and wishing to meet the students. It all appeared to flow well, the building was blessed and Mass was celebrated. A joyous occasion, uplifting and a real boostContinue reading “Make me a channel of your peace”

Legend of Upton Park

I attended St Angela’s convent school in Forest Gate and knew well the Upton Park/West Ham connection. Trevor Brooking was and is a legend! Kevin and I were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary and went to Vita Bella to dine. Seated at our table there was a table to my right comprised of Grandparents, uncle,Continue reading “Legend of Upton Park”

Thank you

Twists and turns a plenty this week, trying to balance the budget. It’s been stressful and after months of sleeping well, these last few weeks have provided sleep deprivation. One of the ways to try to balance the budget is not to replace staff who have left: never an easy decision. Even harder is toContinue reading “Thank you”


This week has been a strange one, lots of excitement and opportunity and not much time to get things done. Early mornings and late nights with a foray into the unknown. A night at home with Kevin spending time with his mum, an opportunity for reflection. This week I’ve been told I’m scary at work,Continue reading “Perceptions”

And back to work

Today I arrived at my desk at 7:15. My desk was remarkably uncluttered, so that was a positive. Emails,signing and seeing colleagues proved a bit of a curate’s egg. Yesterday was not good as I felt lethargic and off kilter. I have been anxious about returning to work and that is how it was manifestingContinue reading “And back to work”

Two weeks in

Well that’s two weeks of the Academic year gone Time just goes so quickly. The start is always frenetic, but this year with the sixth form building project 5 weeks overdue, and possibly another 5 week delay, it’s even more so. Balls in the air trying to ensure all is in place, whilst preparing forContinue reading “Two weeks in”

Another year rolls by

Another Academic year ends tomorrow, with more goodbyes with the prospect of hellos in September. Changes to roles and new students about to embark on their next destination of the journey of lifelong learning. It’s been a year full of highs and lows and on Monday I return to a student free school with aContinue reading “Another year rolls by”

Do something that scares you

I recently applied for a job and from 17 applicants, I was one of seven shortlisted.  Interview details were shared and whilst daunted, I was ready to accept the challenge.  As interview day drew close, I was tempted to withdraw, but they say do something that scares you, and it did.  To have to goContinue reading “Do something that scares you”